Sunday, December 2, 2012

From a Fighter Pilot to Journalism: An interesting Saga


                   That's me in the cockpit of the lead Mirage-2000                           


I am a retired Air Force fighter pilot and I love my family, flying, the English language and teaching, in that order.

I started writing in 1967, for the National Academy Bi-yearly Journal and moved up as a freelance writer for periodicals like 'The Blitz', The Illustrated Weekly of India and local weeklies. I was called upon in 1981 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to write for and edit our Flight Safety Magazine, to which I have contributed over one hundred articles over the years. I edited all IAF Coffee Tables from 1990 to 1996. As Staff Officer to two Air Chiefs, I also edited ALL that they wrote, from important letters to newspaper releases and complimentary letters to obituaries. I was responsible for adding the finishing touches to their speeches and addresses to the Indian Govt.


My expertise garnered over 30 years plus is backed by a BTech., a BBA., two Masters (one in English Literature, the other in Defence Studies) and a D. Litt.

An alumnus of Loyola School and Junior College, Pune, I hold a Diploma in German, obtained in 1970 from Goethe-Institut at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune. A linguist, I speak French, Hindi and three other regional languages.

As Editor at a publishing house in Delhi, Contact Communications, I wrote Academic/ Technical/Business articles while editing and proofreading their three magazines, pamphlets, novels, novellas, academic & other non-fiction educational works, theses and website content. Their technical monthly magazine, StitchWorld was entirely my baby, from topic selection, layout, advertorials and guest articles to my own inputs in the form of didactic articles.

I was also a founder member of StitchWorld International Forum of Technologists (SWIFT), which examined, among a host of other issues, what was amiss in Indian workplace ethics, incentives and motivation, rewarding outstanding workers without being divisive and the tricky issue of gender discrimination. Check out http://stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=409&cat=TechEvents and
http://www.stitchworld.net/display1.asp?msg=446&cat=TechEvents, both written by me. I feature in the photographs in both reports.

For the other two magazines, ApparelOnline and Trend Fusion, I wrote as a specialist on the WTO, particularly on the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder(quotas); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); the ISO 9000 family of quality control mechanisms; ILO’s SA 8000, etc..


I have just completed designing the syllabus for Finance and Business Studies, based on Glencoe’s “Teacher’s Annotated Edition”, for the state of New Jersey, USA and will be called upon to set examination papers in the near future in a separate contract.

I am very highly rated and have a dedicated clientele of five individuals, for whom I write or copywrite long articles in the US$ 500-1000 range. I do not write for agencies as such, though I have worked with many, like Guru.com, Skillpages.com, Elance.com, PeoplePerHour.com, AcademiaResearch.com and others. Starting 2010,  I completed 38 jobs at Elance, with 40 x 12,000-word fully researched articles for Daniel Eapen (intellectualphilanthropy.org/).

I produce clean, crisp and precise work. My work at a conclave at IMB, Germany in 2006 was so impressive that I was hired by a renowned aerospace company to write classified papers/ proposals/presentations at Company HQ for the next three years, targeted at the multi-billion Indian defense market.

I have edited fiction, non-fiction and a host of eBooks. The qualifications needed to edit books demand-copy editing & line editing: editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; reorganizing a manuscript for context and structure. The flow has to be consistent and sequential, with no areas of ambiguity.

I believe in proactive dynamism and lend verve and vitality to the text, visual or aural. My performance has regularly been rated excellent and laudatory compliments are unparalleled. If research is involved, I work on only 4,500-5,000 words in one day, sleep on it and rework the article the next day. I invariably conjure a better presentation le lendemain matin.

My encomiums are flattering:

1. “Outstanding work on a very complex topic that few will ever tread. Above and beyond other writers I have used on eLance or elsewhere. A tremendous asset to the Elance Community” Mathew Eapen; justus@eapen.org, eapen.com

2. “It is rare to find such a Professional. Communication was 100%; words were 100% and delivery was well in excess of what we asked for and so we are of course very happy with this Professional. We rarely give a bonus but this time we just had to as the value of work was so good that only fair a bonus is paid.” eGuides Australia


    3.  “I was under extreme time pressure to complete six articles and upload them to my client’s website. I had just six days and I allotted the longest and most complex article of 5,000-5,500 words to Noel Moitra on word of mouth and visible records. He not only submitted his amazingly in-depth article three days ahead of schedule with 27 unimpeachable references, but also volunteered to re-edit- free of cost- all work submitted in bits by the 5 other providers. I was stunned to see the errors made by these other 5 in the error tracking mode. I pride myself on my English, but must doff my cap to Noel. Exceptional worker, without doubt the best I've ever worked with, miles above the rest. Unreservedly recommended to one and all. He is worth twice his price!” Ross Madison
     
    
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